Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s last surviving victim returns

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has confirmed the return of Fatima Isa, the last Nigerian pilgrim who survived the 2015 Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja, signed by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Uba Mana.

The stampede occurred during Hajj rites in Mina in September 2015.

According to the statement, the pilgrim was admitted to East Jeddah Hospital for treatment.

“The pilgrim arrived at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on Friday Jan. 22, 2016, on board a Med-View Airline Flight VL0202, accompanied by staff of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah.

The statement said she was received on arrival by staff of the NAHCON and leadership of the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (SSPWA).

It added that the pilgrim, who appeared hale and hearty, had since been conveyed to Sokoto State.

The statement said NAHCON commended the Saudi Arabian authorities and Nigeria’s mission in Saudi Arabia for taking care of the pilgrim throughout her stay in the hospital.

The commission, according to the statement, also applauded the Sokoto State Government for its support. (NAN)


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